Quick Coaching Tips
Quick Coaching Tips
Have you picked the shoulder (the point at which the bowl begins to turn)?
Are your eyes, feet, whole body including arm and bowl pointing at the shoulder?
You may be holding the bowl in the centre of the body so that the natural angle is to be narrow (tight). This relates to a forehand delivery.
Bet you’re looking at the jack!
Simply turn your whole body to the
line, not a half turn with your feet pointing elsewhere.
Stop looking at the jack (jackitis).
Look and aim at the shoulder.
Playing too Wide
Ensure that you step down this line.
You may be stepping out too far to the side.
You may be holding your bowl in the centre of your body so that the natural angle is to take the bowl out wider (backhand).
You may be “throwing your arm out”. Your delivery should be a smooth pendulum action down the side of your body.
Again it could be that you are turning your body too far.
Observe other bowlers’ successful bowls. Try their lines (you may be over adjusting for the characteristics of your bowls).
Be careful that the person you are
observing isnot left handed if you are right handed; or the reverse of
course. Different handed
players take completely differing lines.
Delivering the Jack
The control of the match often rests with the team that controls the jack.
This is undoubtedly the most important delivery in every end, and should be treated with even more care than the delivery of a wood.
Great care should be taken with the grip and delivery of the jack.
On very fast greens it is possible to deliver the jack to one of the corners of the rink the greater distance will “take some of the weight off”. Scientifically sound but not a great base on which to build a game plan.
Don’t treat the symptoms, tackle the reasons and learn to control the jack on all types of greens.
Purposeful practice is the aim (not consolidation of faults).
The last aims which are in my opinion the most important are relaxation and enjoyment
for self correction
relaxed stance, body weight evenly distributed.
square to delivery line, shoulder of delivery arm not dropping.
facing line of delivery.
not held in “middle of body”.
focused on THE LINE OF DELIVERY.
thumb is not in a strained position and that the bowl is not held too
that the bowling arm stays close to the body.
non bowling arm is not causing you to be unbalanced.
step straight along the delivery line.
step is a comfortable length.
straight down the delivery line.
through with palm upwards fingers pointing downwards, finishing along the
if overstretching/over reaching.
speed of delivery is not too fast – slow step
smooth smooth. Check you are
not lurching or stabbing.
this in conjunction with “Quick Coaching Tips”.